In a time of unprecedented immigration to the United States, Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is demanding answers from the Biden administration over inaccurate data on illegal immigrants released into the U.S. The Daily Caller News Foundation has exclusively obtained a letter from Sen. Lankford, in which he asks the Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide information about its process for providing data on illegal immigrants released from federal custody.
The DCNF previously discovered that ICE was publishing erroneous data on the number of illegal immigrants released into the U.S. with GPS monitoring and without any tracking technology as part of the agency’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program. The DCNF found that ICE was underreporting the number of illegal immigrants released without tracking technology by more than 18,000%, and misreporting the number of illegal immigrants released with GPS tracking devices by roughly 600%. The agency subsequently corrected the data and apologized for the errors.
Sen. Lankford is concerned that ICE’s long-standing data integrity issues have led to false or misleading court filings in immigration litigation. He is also concerned that ICE has “no records” of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants released into the country with electronic monitoring, in response to a request from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
Sen. Lankford’s letter comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had its highest month on record with more than 250,000 migrant encounters in December, and more than 2.3 million migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022.
The Biden administration must provide answers to Sen. Lankford’s questions and ensure that accurate data is being reported on illegal immigrants released into the U.S. The public deserves to know the truth about the immigration situation in the U.S., and the Biden administration must be held accountable for its actions.